The Reading Line
Making our city a better place, one street and one book at a time.
The Reading Line was a very Jane Jacobs-esque event—local, idea-driven, and respectful of the street and the people occupying our public spaces. A great event!
John Lorinc, co-editor, Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity (Coach House, 2016)
The Reading Line is a totally unique event, and it let me combine two of my passions: books and bikes. To have the opportunity to support improved biking infrastructure in Toronto was a pleasure and a privilege, and reading at the beautiful Fort York Library was an amazing experience. Ride and read happy, Torontonians!
Grace O’Connell, author of Magnified World
Group rides are a wonderful way to experience cycling in the City of Toronto. The Reading Line combines the joy of a relaxed bike ride with author readings and conversation about community - it's an opportunity to "read" the city in a whole new way.
Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati, Manager, Cycling Infrastructure & Programs, Transportation Services at City of Toronto
I loved reading from my novel All the Broken Things out of doors, in urban nature, in a marginal setting similar to those depicted in the story. I also loved biking from location to location, as the interlude provided the opportunity to meet people, discuss the work we had just heard, and simply move through space. The Reading Line is one of the most fun reading events ever!
- Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, author of All the Broken Things
The Reading Line is my favourite kind of urban art intervention - the kind you get to by bike and that has books for sale. I can’t wait for next year’s!
- Christina Palassio, Director of Communications, Community Food Centres Canada
Amazing event. Clouds cleared for us. We read and biked and ate and I discovered routes through the city that I’d never traveled before. I love that feeling. Thanks Janet Joy Wilson and Amanda Lewis for organizing such a bike-filled, green-space-filled, story-filled day!
- Catherine Bush, author of Accusation and Claire’s Head
The Reading Line was a nurturing experience of community that has continued to inspire me. As a poet, I was a unique part of this moving community of cycling enthusiasts thinking about books, sustainability, urban planning and food, and putting ideas in to practice. The beauty of spoken word is that it synthesizes, and performing in this setting gave a grounded, big picture feeling of what we were experiencing that day.
- Tanya Neumeyer, Poet
Many thanks to Amanda Lewis and Janet Joy Wilson for organizing the Reading Line. It was a great chance to see the trajectory of Bloor Street with fresh eyes in great company and confirm that “Books and Bikes” do work together.
- Ken Greenburg, Author of Walking Home
The Reading Line was a wonderful experience - amazing authors, beautiful bikes, connected hearts connecting the city. Can't wait for next year's ride!
- Natale Ghent, Author of Dark Company
This cross-city reading series on two wheels combines my favourite things. I’m honoured to have been a part of it!
- Christine Fischer Guy, Author of The Umbrella Mender
The Reading Line was a fun afternoon of book-listening and Bloor-biking and it was exhilarating to read (even in the rain) for an enthusiastic and responsive audience as they pedaled across Toronto. I was really inspired by the idea that both books and cities can be about creativity and new ways of thinking and here we were, laughing a lot and enjoying ourselves, and helping make the point that bikes are not footnotes but are an important part of the story of what moves us in the modern city.
- Gary Barwin, Author of I, Dr. Greenblatt, Orthodontist
Thank you and to Janet Joy for all your incredible work organizing! Despite the rain, spirits were high. I think we all need to have stories read to us from time to time!
Pamela Osti, Publicist with Power
Not only is The Reading Line such a fun, smart and innovative event but it’s also run by two glorious women. Why no one has done this sooner, is shocking. Well done.